E-NEWS: MAY 12, 2022

An updated Union Directory listing union goods and services in R.I. can be found on our website at www.RhodeIslandAFLCIO.org under the “Resources” tab.

Here is the direct link—-> Union Directory

Please use this directory to find where you can buy union and use services in Rhode Island.

The average age of a Cranston school is 68 yrs! Students need and deserve a building that provides a 21st century education.


This week we saw first hand the significant renovations made to Eden Park Elementary in Cranston which promote an environment of collaborative learning with student-driven innovation. In contrast, we also saw the conditions of Gladstone Street School (built in 1954), which is set for total reconstruction at the end of next year due to failing infrastructure.


Cranston Public Schools have had enormous success with their initial construction project at Eden Park Elementary School and they have already seen a positive impact on student success and behavior. As a district, they’ve benefitted greatly from the state’s generous reimbursement incentives on school construction projects and they will continue to do so as they move forward with projects at Garden City Elementary School, Gladstone Elementary School, the rest of Eden Park Elementary School, and many others.


Thank you Senator Dawn Euer and @treasurer_magaziner for joining us on this tour of the Garden City Elementary School construction site as well as Gladstone and Eden Park.

Photo 1: Garden City Elementary School construction site

2: Gladstone Street School cafeteria which is filled every lunch period with up to 200 students.

3-5: Eden Park, the Sensory Room is one of many innovative spaces for student learning and development.

View pictures here.

Fuerza Laboral / Power of Workers Facebook:

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Rhode Island embraces the transformative power of cooperatives! The joint effort of RI Cooperatives, our team, allies, members and friends made this wonderful event a moment to remember! More to come!

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Rhode Island acoge el poder transformativo de las cooperativas!

Este evento fue posible gracias a las Cooperativas de RI, el esfuerzo de nuestro equipo y muchos de nuestros aliados, miembros y amigos! Un momento para el recuerdo.

Mas en camino!

Ironworkers Local 37 Facebook:

Dan Koury Construction Co and IW Local 37 Top off the Providence Storage Facility on Eddy St.

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Last week, Iron Workers General President Eric Dean joined leadership from other Building Trades unions for the signing of a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) with Orsted, a Danish offshore wind developer. Offshore wind will be a major job creator for decades to come and this agreement will help secure jobs up and down the east coast.

The Secretaries of the Departments of Commerce and of the Interior both attended the signing to celebrate the agreement. The Department of the Interior has attached PLA standards to offshore wind leases, and the Department of Commerce has focused closely on making sure the supply chain is built union in the United States.

Description: Block Island Wind Farm in Rhode Island. Ironworkers from Local 37 Ironworkers worked on these turbines.

NABTU: North America’s Building Trades: North America’s Building Trades Unions and Ørsted Agree to Build an American Offshore Wind Energy Industry with American Labor

Washington, D.C. – May 5, 2022 – Today, North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) and Ørsted, the U.S. leader in offshore wind energy, announced a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) to construct the company’s U.S. offshore wind farms with an American union workforce. A first-of-its-kind in the United States, the National Offshore Wind Agreement (NOWA) sets the bar for working conditions and equity, injects hundreds of millions of dollars in middle-class wages into the American economy, creates apprenticeship and career opportunities for communities most impacted by environmental injustice, and ensures projects will be built with the safest and best-trained workers in America. Authorized by 15 International Union Presidents and their local affiliates, the NOWA covers all of Ørsted’s contractors and subcontractors that will perform offshore windfarm construction from Maine down to Florida.

“The signing of this unprecedented agreement is historic for America’s workers and our energy future. NABTU’s highly trained men and women professionals have the best craft skills in the world. This partnership will not only expand tens of thousands of career opportunities for them to flourish in the energy transition but also lift up even more people into the middle-class,” said Sean McGarvey, President of NABTU. “The constant drumbeat of public support for unions being important to maintain and build the middle class helped secure this momentous achievement. We commend Ørsted, AFL-CIO President Shuler, the Biden Administration and many Congressional leaders for their help and support to make today’s signing a reality and for setting forth a new framework for middle-class job creation in all energy sectors.” Read more here.

The Insider: If you want a construction project finished on time without worker shortages, hire a unionized crew, a new report says

Like businesses across the country, construction contractors say they’re dealing with a labor shortage.

Despite rising wages, the Associated Builders and Contractors said the industry still needs nearly 650,000 workers after3.2% of the workforce quit in March 2022, the second-highest rate since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began measuring it. Amidst a hot real estate market, employers struggle to hire enough workers to keep up.

“The construction worker shortage has reached crisis level,” Home Builder Institute president and CEO said in November 2021.

But the authors of a new report from the Illinois Economic Policy Institute (ILEPI) and Project for Middle Class Renewal (PMCR) at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign argue that the labor supply crunch is nothing new. There is, however, one factor that seems to make the difference in whether contractors can keep their workers and finish projects on time: If their workers are unionized. Read more here.


Free Virtual Training: OSHA: Recognizing and Controlling Workplace Hazards

This is a free, virtual training that will introduce the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It will discuss the Rights and Responsibilities that the Occupational Safety and Health Act requires of employers and employees. We will discuss some of the basic concepts of OSHA and the fundamental policies that OSHA uses to carry out its duties.

This will be a training to talk about the basics of OSHA and its operation.  

When: May 12, 2022 @ 1 p.m.

Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcvde6ppjouG9dkX_Q1akybRc1sJQgQtN86

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


An estimated 45 million Americans experience food insecurity every year. You can make a difference by participating in NALC’s #StampOutHunger Food Drive, the largest one-day food drive in the country. On May 14, leave a bag of nonperishable food next to your mailbox, and your letter carrier will take care of the rest! All donated food stays in your local community. Learn more: nalc-info.org/food-drive

Please note, the food drive is subject to change or cancellation if necessary to protect the safety and health of those involved.



Basic / Advanced Steward Training

When: Saturday, May 21

Where: Institute for Labor Studies and Research, 1540 Pontiac Avenue, Suite A, Cranston, RI 02920

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Seating is limited to 15 seats Please reply by Monday, May 16, 2022, with the names and emails of the stewards directly to info@riilsr.org  or by telephone (401) 463-9900.


Providence Federation of Musicians

Spring addition of the Cavalcade of Bands

When: Tuesday, May 31

Where: Rhodes-on-the-Pawtucket

Dancing: 5:30 – 10:30 p.m.

For more information and a list of bands performing, click here.


R.I. Labor History Society: 2022 Spring Speaker Series

Fighting for freedom at home and abroad: The story of Boilermakers Local 308 and the
end of Jim Crow unions


Monday, June 6, 2022


Patrick Crowley, Organizer and Government Affairs Specialist with the NEARI and Secretary-Treasurer of RI AFL-CIOFor more information and topics see here.


TEAMSTERS, Local 251


Please visit the picket line and show Johnson Brothers that workers stick together and will not be treated like second-class citizens.

Picket lines are at:

Johnson Brothers of Rhode Island

120 Moscrip Ave

North Kingstown RI 02852

Key times are 7:30-8:30 a.m.

Let Johnson Brothers know about your concerns at:

651-649-5800 (Corporate) or 401-583-0050 (Rhode Island)

Donations can be made to: Teamsters Local 251 Strike Fund, 121 Brightridge Ave. East Providence RI 02914

More information here.

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Coming up on Labor Vision

Show host Autumn sits down with Lori DiMatteo, Volunteer Coordinator for United Way and Jocelynn White, Executive Director of Books are Wings, to talk about this year’s Children’s Book Drive.

The Children’s Book Drive is a collaborative effort between United Way of Rhode Island, Women United, and Books Are Wings to engage local businesses, community organizations, individuals, and families in fostering a love of reading, while encouraging children to build their own libraries at home. This will be their tenth year collecting books. Over the past nine years, they have put 245,766 books into the hands of children statewide.

How you can participate:

When: April – May 25th, 2022


  • Book Pick-Up Day is Wednesday, May 25th
  • Please drop off your books at United Way on Tuesdays from April 12 – May 24. Contact bookdrive@unitedwayri.org.
  • Day of Action will be held on June 4 to sort, label, and prepare the books for distribution to children in summer learning and afterschool programs. Sign up at uwriweb.org/DayofAction2022 or contact volunteer@unitedwayri.org to volunteer.

Collection Sites:

CHILDREN’S BOOKS ABOUT LABOR: https://socialjusticebooks.org/booklists/labor/

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